SustainCERT and the Ecosystem Service Market Consortium (ESMC) announce their
partnership to deliver streamlined, certified carbon assets that can be used by Consortium
members to satisfy their voluntary greenhouse gas reduction commitments. The ESMC is
building a national-scale ecosystem services market designed and conceived for the
agricultural sector. With a full market launch in 2022, ESMC seeks to enroll 30 percent of
available working lands in the top four crop regions and top four pasture regions to impact
250 million acres by 2030. With SustainCERT’s focus on providing streamlined certification
for multiple claims and ESMC’s ability to deliver agricultural programs at scale, this
partnership aims to meet companies’ needs for credible, verified impacts to achieve
Science-based Targets and Net-Zero goals.
ESMC will submit their new Ecosystem Services Market Protocol for approval to Gold
Standard, the benchmark standard for climate action, with guidance from SustainCERT.
When approved, the protocol will be able to generate carbon credits and reporting claims
under Gold Standard’s Value Change Program. In parallel, ESMC and SustainCERT will
work to create a streamlined verification pathway to certify the impacts of its member
programs for either carbon credits or value chain “Scope 3” carbon footprint reductions. The
rigor of the accounting protocols combined with impact verification will enable companies to
maximize the return on their climate investments, and to channel resources to high-impact
climate action more effectively.
“We are excited to be working with SustainCERT to certify our innovative protocols
designed to reward farmers and ranchers for the multiple ecosystem services their
regenerative and sustainable practices can achieve,” said ESMC Executive Director Debbie
Reed. “ESMC’s market design meets multiple demand side needs, and SustainCERT
certification will provide the necessary assurances and credibility that our members,
stakeholders and buyers require.
Read the full press release here.